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What to fix on a house to sell?

Deciding what to fix on a house in order to sell fast and for the highest net proceeds can be a challenge. Don't you worry, we're here to share our knowledge to help you sell like a pro.

Most repairs and renovations deliver negative return on investment, which means every dollar you spend will result in less than $1 in increased market value. We'll help you avoid the common mistakes that destroy value in the home sale.

What to fix on a house to sell:

  1. Landscaping: before you schedule your real estate photography and showings, give your house some curb appeal
  2. Paint the front door and trim: first impressions matter, give your house a little bit of fresh paint and personality
  3. Repair major systems that could otherwise result in the buyer terminating their contract after their inspection: avoid replacing the entire system or fixture and focus on cost-effective repairs that get items like the roof, furnace, electrical and plumbing back into working order
  4. Minor cosmetic items: paint worn out trim, patch holes in drywall and apply matching paint (no need to re-paint since many home buyers will have a different color preference and re-paint anyway
  5. Power wash: remove grime and biological growth from siding and deck
  6. Re-caulk tubs and showers: remove and replace or bleach mildewed caulk
  7. Replace badly worn carpet: if a good shampoo or steam clean just isn't going to cut it, then it's time to rip out gross carpeting and either replace with builder-grade carpeting, install luxury vinyl plank, or re-finish hardwood that may be underneath

For more insights, we recommend reading Selling A House AS IS Condition.